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To help out their dog, this family decided to build a house for him under their stairs. They noticed that Jack, their dog, loved to hang out underneath items on the floor. Typically, most dogs instinctively like small crawl spaces for dens. They feel more secure that way. Jack”s family was inspired by these posts on Pinterest, where people used the excess space under the stairs as a place for a doggy den. They made some measurements, gathered their tools (and dog) and got to work.

This is Jack, the family dog. He loves hanging out under anything (tables, chairs, etc). So his family decided to give him a more comfortable place to stay.

This is Jack, the family dog. He loves hanging out under anything (tables, chairs, etc). So his family decided to give him a more comfortable place to stay.

They started by cutting the wall between two studs under the stairs.

They started by cutting the wall between two studs under the stairs.

Here they are, figuring out what size the door should be. The door needed to be high enough for Jack to fit through (which typically should be height of his dogs haunches).

Here they are, figuring out what size the door should be. The door needed to be high enough for Jack to fit through (which typically should be height of his dogs haunches).

Inside, though, Jack would be able to stand at his full height comfortably.

Inside, though, Jack would be able to stand at his full height comfortably.

The used pine tongue-and-groove boards for the interior and exterior of the house.

The used pine tongue-and-groove boards for the interior and exterior of the house.

Making measurements (and letting Jack get excited about his new home).

Making measurements (and letting Jack get excited about his new home).

They used the mat from a pet crate as a size guideline. Dad also put Jacks bed in his new cubby right away, to help the dog get accustomed to the location and smell.

They used the mat from a pet crate as a size guideline. Dad also put Jacks bed in his new cubby right away, to help the dog get accustomed to the location and smell.

Pine was also used for the fake doghouse facade to match the interior.

Pine was also used for the fake doghouse facade to match the interior.

Looking good!

Looking good!

Jack approved.

Jack approved.

Shingle pieces were added to the top to give a real “doghouse” look.

Shingle pieces were added to the top to give a real

Securing the shingles with a nail gun.

Securing the shingles with a nail gun.

Jack, patiently waiting on his humans to finish his new digs.

Jack, patiently waiting on his humans to finish his new digs.

A perfect fit.

A perfect fit.

Adding trim…

Adding trim...

Ta-da! All finished and ready for Jack.

Ta-da! All finished and ready for Jack.

This is what the outside of the back of the doghouse looks like.

This is what the outside of the back of the doghouse looks like.

It is adjacent to their wine cellar.

It is adjacent to their wine cellar.

A better look at the full setup.

A better look at the full setup.

And inside! Cozy and pretty.

And inside! Cozy and pretty.

Now, Jack has a cozy den for himself where he can feel secure and comfortably rest. Not only that, but the cool “doghouse” design fills up the stairwell area nicely. Consider giving your family pet a room of their own (without sacrificing one of yours) by building a cool cubby for them. Source: Reddit This family did great work for Jack. Share their efforts with your friends!

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